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Monday, June 20, 2016
Bear sought in attack on Valles Caldera marathon runner
Bear sought in
attack on Valles Caldera marathon runner
– Department of Game and Fish officers are searching for an adult female
black bear that attacked a woman Saturday afternoon while she was
participating in a marathon event on the Valles Calderas National Preserve
near Los Alamos.
to responding officers, the attack occurred when the victim surprised a
mother bear whose cub ran up a nearby tree.
the full extent of the victim’s injuries are unknown, initial reports
indicate that woman was bit and scratched multiple times and sustained
non-life threatening injuries to her upper body, head and neck. Nearby
joggers provided immediate assistance until additional help could arrive.
was airlifted to an Albuquerque area hospital where she is being treated
for her injuries.
department is coordinating with the National Park Service to secure and
deter people from entering the area. A response team that specializes in
wildlife attacks of this nature has also been assisting.
found, the bear will be euthanized and tested for rabies. Although rabies
in bears is rare, it is nearly 100 percent fatal in humans if not properly
are some ways to protect yourself If you encounter a bear:
and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact,
as the bear may consider that a threat. Do not run. Make yourself
appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children,
pick them up so they don’t run.
the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or
trapped. If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at
your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare
hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.
the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making
noise so the bear knows you are there. Never get between a mother bear
and her cubs.
you live or camp in bear country:
garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area.
Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night
before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look
for other food sources nearby.
put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost
leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.
and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue
sauce and grease for miles.
intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing.
your camp clean, and store food and garbage properly at all times. Use
bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food,
toiletries, coolers and garbage from a tree at least 10 feet off the
ground and 4 feet out from the tree trunk.
your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes
you wore while cooking or eating with your food.
a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site.